Giuseppe Mazzini and the Religion of Nationalism


Nationalism is one of those terms anyone can use for any which way purpose. From alt-right to radical left, being termed ‘nationalist’ defines you clearly and distinctly as someone somewhere on the spectrum ranging from ‘radical patriotic saint’ to ‘radical reactionary demon’.

However, when some moniker has such wide array of meaning and provokes still wider array of value judgments – from being the badge of honor to a mark of Cain – it is a sure sign that no one really knows what it means.

Idea of ‘nation’ as a political community is not a modern idea. But when it is amended by suffix ‘-ism’ there can be no doubt that we are talking about a post 1789., therefore: a modern term.

In this audio essay we’ll talk precisely about this modern philosophical, political and ethical paradigm that shaped our age to a great extent, peaking in it’s influence in mid to late 19. century, mainly through activity of secret societies. For this purpose we’ll analyze the ideas of one of it’s greatest prophets, Italian philosophist, conspirator, activist and, presumably, terrorist Giuseppe Mazzini.

The hypothesis endorsed will be that Mazzini’s notion of “religion of nationalism” or, as he would put it, “cosmopolitism of nations”, was a ruse for what we would now call ‘destabilization’ of European states from second part of 19th century to the aftermath of WW I. Furthermore, we’ll indicate to a symbolism Mazzini uses in his writings, which is commonly understood as “freemasonic”.

While wide speculation on this revolutionaries’ activities was replete both in his own age as it is now, with apparently bogus “three world wars letter from Albert Pike to Giuseppe Mazzini”, we’ll make the case that there’s more than just the kernel of truth in the idea that he was the man with the plan that was far more ambitious, and far more insidious, than “liberation of European peoples”.

In 19th century, we argue, nationalism was a tool of nascent Globalization, the program of bringing about what Mazzini dubbed “World republic”, through creation of “Federal states of Europe”. Today, it cannot be nothing but the same thing, only a bit less important, because it reached the peak of it’s usefulness long ago. Yet no effect can escape it’s cause, and this applies to Nationalism. It was conceived for certain purpose and when nowadays someone picks up on it, he works for this purpose wittingly or unwittingly.

And this purpose, in Mazzini’s own words, would be to accomplish this:

„ (…) the great edifice that the centuries and the peoples are called to erect will vaguely resemble a pyramid whose top can touch the sky and whose base embraces Humanity as a whole. God’s eye will radiate from the peak of this pyramid.“ (Giuseppe Mazzini, „Humanity and Country“, in: A Cosmopolitism of Nations. Princeton University Press, Princeton: 2009., pg. 55)

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Show notes

Unknown author, Permanent Instruction of Alta Vendita

Barruel, Auguste Memoire Illustrating History of Jacobinism. (Fraser: American Council on Economics and Society, 1995.)

Martin, Malachi The Keys of this Blood. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.)

Mazzini, Giuseppe A Cosmopolitanism of Nations. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.)

Mužić, Ivan Masonstvo u Hrvata. (Split: Laus, 2000.)

Pope Leo XIII Humanum Genus

The origin of the great seal of USA

“Three world wars letter” 

On Mazzini and US freemasonry i slobodnim zidarima u Americi

Mazzini inspired actions in Europe

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2 Responses

  1. John Nugent says:

    Greetings. Thank you for your excellent essay. This is a topic which has intrigued me for some time. I share your regard for Guenon, by the way. I am an Irish Catholic from a “Republican” background and I have come to believe that the failure of the Irish nation to achieve independence is due to something in the nature of ‘Republican Nationalism’, and your essay confirms this. There was, indeed, a “Young Ireland” movement. This wikepedia entry gives an accurate summary of it, I think: .
    Your essay is, for this reason alone, to be much appreciated. i will share it with friends here who are interested in discussing these questions and I am sure they will agree,
    Thank you again,
    John Nugent

    • Malić says:

      Thank you, John

      I stand corrected on Young Ireland. I followed Webster Tarpley in his expose on Mazzini networks and forgot that he always stresses the role of British Empire in everything, so he notes that Mazzini would never act against it’s interests and found such organization himself. Although, Mazzini probably it came to pass spontaneously. The “Young” movements were everywhere at that time. I don’t know much about Irish republicanism, but if the IRA can be understood as it’s modern representative or at least it’s militarized branch, that was, at least by it’s modus operandi, typical Mazziniate movement doomed to fail, if for nothing else then for being open to manipulation from great powers. I’ve got a plethora of good examples here in Balkan, from Serbian “Unity or Death” to Croatian “Ustashe”.


      glad to be of help.

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